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cater-cornered

[kat-i-kawr-nerd, kat-ee-, kat-er-] /ˈkæt ɪˌkɔr nərd, ˈkæt i-, ˈkæt ər-/
adjective
1.
adverb
Also, catercorner, cater-corner, catty-corner, catty-cornered, kitty-corner, kitty-cornered.
Origin of cater-cornered
1830-1840
1830-40; dial. cater (adv.) diagonally (probably to be identified with obsolete cater four < Middle French quatre < Latin quattuor) + cornered
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British Dictionary definitions for catercorner

cater-cornered

/ˈkætəˌkɔːnəd/
adjective, adverb
1.
(US & Canadian, informal) diagonally placed; diagonal Also catty-cornered, kitty-cornered
Word Origin
C16 cater, from dialect cater (adv) diagonally, from obsolete cater (n) four-spot of dice, from Old French quatre four, from Latin quattuor
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